Renovations at DC Metro Stops Reveal Asbestos

By Peter DePaolis

Workers renovating the Metro’s Farragut North and Union Station stops discovered asbestos, and they are working during off hours to remove the hazardous asbestos fibers. Workers found the asbestos in the duct jointwork in mechanical rooms, under platforms and above suspended ceilings, according to a Metro spokesperson. Metro expects the removal to last until mid-April.

Workers found the asbestos embedded in the gasket material of the ductwork. The Metro spokesperson said it is only a concern if the material is disturbed. Workers are carefully cutting the ducts between the joints to avoid tearing the asbestos. They are monitoring the air in the affected areas and say airborne fiber concentrations are well below industry standards.

The Metro spokesperson said that riders do not have cause for concern because the asbestos was in areas not accessible to the public. Before work on the stations began, workers turned off the stations’ airflow systems so the asbestos particles did not circulate.

Workers were initially repairing the two stations as part of a multi-year $177 million Red Line rehabilitation project. They will begin checking other Metro stations but do not expect to find anymore asbestos.

Asbestos is responsible for the deadly cancer known as mesothelioma. If you have mesothelioma or are concerned about asbestos exposure, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.